scored a series of hits on the Okeh label, most written by his childhood friend Curtis Mayfield
. He does Mayfield's "Wild & Free" but fails to outshine the original. The best songs on Now Arriving
are the two party jams, "Chicago Disco," and "Do the Mess Around"; you can do a mean Errol Flynn on the latter. The single "I'd Never Though" has no bite and little charm, but he displays his versatility on Harry Belafonte's "Troubles." The rest is unmemorable.